Back at it.

During my break from the novel I:

  1. Put a little work into a comic project, Sorcerer’s Seven. Where I’m taking the Samurai Seven trope and applying it to a contemporary horror setting. I came up with three or four of the sorcerers but ran dry after that.
  2. Considered writing a Choose Your Own Adventure site. With hyperlinks it’s a format that really lends itself to the web. I could use Creative Commons images and sound effects and it’d be a lot easier to make semi-static pages than finishing the programming for Zorjax. I threw down some promising notes but the story I want to do is going to take a lot of research so it goes on the back burner too.
  3. Thought about creating a website for weekly comic book readers called “” or something like that. Users would submit the comics they read by title and every Wednesday it’d compare those lists with Diamond’s list of what to expect at the comic book store. And it’d email a sublist of what to expect to the user’s phone or pda or whatever.
    Again, a lot of programming work that I’m not feeling up to. But I might be able to crack out the basics in Python in my spare time. If I wasn’t so busy.

But the break’s over and I’m plugging away at the third draft. I’ve been working on this book for two and a half years and it’s only three hundred pages. How the hell does Stephan King do it? I’ve been working on this book for longer than I’ve known a lot of the people who are reading this post. I thought I was almost done back in October, now I’m thinking I’ll be lucky to get it done by the end of summer.

But the only way I’ll finish it is if I’ll finish it.

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Comments: (5)


  1. Are the Sorcerer’s Seven based on cultural traditions (Western, Eastern, shaman, voodoo), correspondences (color, elements, emotions) or some other defining system?

    Comment by sewyrn — May 20, 2008 @ 7:10 pm

  2. I wanted to expunge my obsession with the Seven Deadly Sins.
    Each of them had made a deal with the infernal for powers, powers which turned out to be curses and they’ll all be fighting it out for the McGuffin that’ll set one of them free.

    So it’s more comic book magic than anything else.

    Comment by tone_milazzo — May 20, 2008 @ 7:17 pm

  3. So which sins are you missing?

    Comment by sewyrn — May 20, 2008 @ 7:20 pm

  4. Envy, Wrath, Greed and Sloth

    I was thinking that I might make Envy and Greed a team of con men.
    And with Sloth I want to go with the older definition- melancholy, apathy, joylessness.

    Lust is the man with the magical penis, everyone wants it but it’s taken all the joy out of sex for the sorcerer.
    Pride is the unreliable protagonist, believes he’s doing right but can’t see that he’s making things worse.
    And Gluttony asked for a pair of champion fighting dogs, but he can’t afford to feed them and if they get hungry enough they’ll eat the sorcerer instead.

    Comment by tone_milazzo — May 20, 2008 @ 9:02 pm

  5. Sounds like it’s all boys so far. Hit your better half up for some advice on female characters. Is it taking place in Las Vegas? They have that tour…

    Wrath has to be the Angry Woman. There’s just so much in the world for woman to be angry and wrathful about (or at least that’s what they are told these days).

    BTW: This all reminds me of the 7DS on Gilligan’s Isle

    Look at some other sevens: Planets, Days of the week, etc. It will get your head swimming with ideas.

    I like the con men idea. But make them a semi-polyamorous couple. That will kick both Greed and Envy into high-gear.

    Comment by sewyrn — May 20, 2008 @ 9:39 pm

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